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. >> yes. >> reporter: clearly talks in paris got nowhere. sergei lavrov made his comments over an our ago. it is clear that h they did not make any he had way. tomorrow events move to brussels with talks about sanctions. there will equally be difficulty there as europeans try to figure out how to respond to russia without shooting themselves in the foot because their economies are deeply tied together. tony, i think it's clear that there is a very large en pass here between the east and the west. and it is going to be very difficult to make any head way. we heard secretary of state kerry repeatedly say we brought the ukrainians here because they need to be involved in this process, but the ukrainians were not allowed to sit in the same room as the russian foreign minister. this is the beginning of a process that is going to be very difficult. at this stage it appears no real movement has been made. >> phil, the russian line is, and you mentioned the statement from foreign minister lavrov, we agree the need to help a you korean reach agreements by the 21st, i is that agreement in tatters n
states, john kerry, and the russian foreign minis r minister, sergey lavrov, to conclude their talks in paris. we expect that they will be speaking to reporters. we'll have live coverage of that. in the meantime, to cnn's anna coren, joining us from crimea. anna, this u.n. envoy had to leave, leave a coffee shop. it was an ugly scene unfolding. tell us what you know. >> reporter: yeah, an ugly scene indeed, wolf. we understand that robert serry was surrounded by up to 15 armed gunmen. they ordered him to get into a car and head straight to the airport. he resisted. he was then led into a coffee shop and itv reporter james mates was with him, and tweeting in real-time as to what was taking place. so we understand that they were in that coffee shop, not very far from where we are here in s simferopol. and as you mentioned in your introduction, he agreed to leave, to quit his post here in ukraine. he is, of course, the special envoy to ukraine. quit his post and leave the country to try and deescalate the situation. we don't know why these local militia had such a problem with robert se
here is maybe sergey lavrov from russia and secretary kerry's meeting may bring some kind of resolution. we'll take a short commercial break. i'm shepard smith live in kiev with the continuing crisis in ukraine. okay ladies, whenever you're ready. thank you. thank you. i got this. no, i'll get it! no, let me get this. seriously. hey, let me get it. ah, uh. i don't want you to pay for this. it's not happening, honey. let her get it. she got her safe driving bonus check from allstate last week. and it's her treat. what about a tip? oh, here's one... get an allstate agent. nice! [ female announcer ] switch today and get two safe driving bonus checks a year for driving safely. only from allstate. call an allstate agent and get a quote now. just another way allstate is changing car insurance for good. >>> just as we went to the commercial break, secretary kerry did, indeed, begin speaking. live from paris. >> the countries that came to paris today for this very important and timely meeting are all of us bound together by a very strong commitment to lebanon. as syria's conflict spills over le
that was flowing around. no such ultimatum was put forward. the russian foreign secretary sergey lavrov. >> this is a question of defending our citizens and compatriots, and ensuring human rights especially the right to life. those who are trying to interpret the situation as a sort of aggression and threatening us with sanctions and boycotts, these are the same partners who have consistently been declaring ultimatums and renounce dialogue. >> now, there may be an announcement from the russian foreign ministry saying they have come here to secure human lives and russ citizens but at the same time they also carry a pretty big stick. russian president vladimir putin making a surprise inspection of troops just across the border in russia, in an area on the northern and eastern border with the ukraine. they said those war games were scheduled months ago. but obviously given the environment, nobody is confidentably looking at that. we know the ukrainian -- comfortably looking at that. border line in that area where the war games are going, the north and the east of the country, and it indica
and russian counterpart, sergey lavrov to attend. the media at the conclusion will bring you those remarks live when they start. >> this is one of our favorite times of the year at c-span. the time i get to the winners of our annual student documentary contest called studentcam. the 2014th team for students interested in entering the most important issue that congress should consider in 2014. this year we received the record number of 200 -- 2,350,000 entries came from 46 states from the district of columbia, from taiwan and from the united arab emirates. as students around the country and internationally. altogether, 4860 middle and high school students participated this year, either individually or on teams. one other thing special about this years contest as we doubled the number of prizes and the amounts of prize money. it went from $50,000 contest to us giving away $100,000 in prizes. that meant 150 poor student documentarians and also the 97 students to receive honorable ventures. the grand prize here is $5000 ashtray. there is three for high school entries. they are divided and each
kerry, face to face with sergei lavrov. they are both in paris for talks that have been planned before the russian takeover. the talks are so much more urgent. perhaps the most important test yet as to whether dialogue can be used to resolve the crisis in ukraine. in some ways, there have been setbacks. if the us and eu impose sanctions on russia, washington is looking at a series of punitive steps including economic and diplomatic sanctions designed to isolate moscow. no sign either side is backing down from a somewhat polite standoff between russian and ukrainian troops. polite so far. these troops are all armed and the russian forces do remain in effect tiff control of the crimean peninsula. we are covering all the ankles f angles at this hour. elise labott joins us and michael holmes and our chief national security correspondent, jim sciutto, joins us from washington. >>> first, elise, i want to speak with you. i understand john kerry has already had a brief meeting with the russian foreign minister, sergei lavrov. they have had a somewhat decent relationship in the past. they are
to meet russian foreign minister sergey lavrov tomorrow. now, lavrov is scheduled to meet with kerry, but he has not yet signed on to meet with his ukrainian counter-part. >> pelley: margaret brennan in paris for us tonight. margaret, thank you very much. you heard margaret mention the u.s. is working on unspecified economic sanctions against russia but there's not a lot of support from the allies. here's anthony mason. >> reporter: the threat of economic sanctions has not kept russia from taking a tighter hold on ukraine's crimean peninsula. do you think the u.s. and the europeans are willing to let putin keep crimea? >> i don't think that they have much of a choice. >> reporter: willis sparks is an analyst with the eurasia group, a leading global consulting firm. >> the europeans don't want a direct confrontation with the russians because europe draws 28% of its natural gas from russia. >> reporter: two-third of that gas travels in pipelines through ukraine. germany gets 38% of its gas from russia, italy 22%, france 18. the u.s. has little economic leverage, only 2% of its trade is
a the president. kerry med with sergey lavrov. afterwards, he spoke of hope for de-escalation of tension. >> russia made a choice. and we have clearly stated that we believe it is the wrong choice, that is the choice to move troops into crimea. russia can now choose to de-escalate this situation. and we are committed to working with russia. and together with our friends and allies in an effort to provide a way for this entire situation to find the road to de-escalation. the united states is ready to work with all parties to make that happen and to make it happen as soon as possible. >> russian president vladimir putin has also spoken to angela merkel today. if diplomacy fails, the u.s. and its allies could put in sanctions against russia in a matter of days. howard fineman and michael mcfall. he's now a fellow at the hoover institution and an msnbc analyst. mr. ambassador, it's great to have you. give us your sense of the limits of this crisis. is there a sense in your mind right now based on your experience that vladimir putin has pushed as far as he's going to go or you think he might
was there. also, just ahead of this meeting, sergei lavrov, the russian foreign minister, had flatly denied again that there are any russians troops in crimea. he said, "how can we pull them back? how can we stop an occupation when these are self-defense forces? these are not russian." that really dampened hopes of any meaningful progress. at least they've talked, and at least it has gone on longer than we thought. the other big news, of course, is the e.u. weighing in with a big financial package, offering $15 billion worth of aid. that comes after yesterday's announcement of a billion dollars of -- of loan guarantees from the u.s. the priority, aside from calming down the security situation in crimea, is, of course, to try and stabilize the ukrainian economy which is in a terrible way with the russians turning the screws still more. the finance ministry here have been frank. they say we've got no money left. the coffers are empty, it's been stolen. also in the east, we've seen more violence, clashes between pro-russian protesters and supporters of the ukrainian government. we've had the -
in paris, invited sergei lavrov. he declined to come to this meeting. that meeting took place any way with the ukrainian foreign minister to came to paris with john kerry on his plane. the foreign minister coming out with a statement saying united states, uk and ukraine agree that direct talks facilitated as-needed by other members of the international community are crucial to resolving the current situation. they also agree international observers should be deployed immediately in ukraine especially in eastern ukraine and the crimea. and this is what we've been talking about for the last day or two, international off ramp that the u.s. and other countries are trying to give to russia to address their concerns that they acknowledge are legitimate in ukraine, they acknowledge russia has a lot of interests particularly in the crimea. what they want is for russia to encourage international monday fors into crimea, into eastern ukraine to check out what's going on and that could be the basis for talks. the french, the uk, u.s. hoping to get sergei lavrov the russian foreign minister and u
'll be back tomorrow. secretary john kerry's meetling this hour with his russian counterpart, sergey lavrov, earlier today, they had a brief discussion in which secretary kerry urged direct talks between russia and the ukraine. according to a senior state department official. >> united states of america, the russian federation, and the united kingdom of great britain reaffirm their obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of the ukraine. there are very clear legal obligations that are at risk in this, and we're going to talk about those this morning. >> andrea, as i said, is traveling with secretary kerry and filed this report from paris today. >> chris, here in paris, john kerry has a very tough diplomatic game. he's playing all the angles. he's trying, first of all, to rally the allies, trying to get them to hang tough against vladimir putin. here in europe, where, of course, they all dependent on russia for their energy, for less expensive natural gas. so some, including germany, are a little more reluctant to be to
in this -- and we're going to talk about those here this morning. >> russia's foreign minister, sergey lavrov, did not attend the morning meeting, but he is expected to meet face to face with secretary kerry later today. before heading to paris, kerry stopped in kiev where he unveiled a billion-dollar aid package for ukraine and met with interim leaders, including the acting foreign minister who travelled to paris for the u.n. meeting. more on that from nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. andrea? >> reporter: what kerry is trying to do by bringing him here to paris is elevate him, give him legitimacy, and help him stand up to russia, and help persuade his colleagues they should avoid any military confrontation that would give putin a pretext to move further into ukraine. and frankly, that is what u.s. officials think is really putin's end game. they believe that he does want to take over ukraine, but this is part of his grand vision to re-create what was lost with the end of the soviet union, to re-create a russian federation that is really an empire. they don't know how to
counterpart sergey lavrov this afternoon. from the way kerry later described it the main weapon the u.s. is using against the russians is shame. >> russia's violation of ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity as actually united the world in support of the ukrainian people. russia can now choose to de-escalate this situation, and we are committed to working with russia. together with our friends and allies in an effort to provide a way for this entire situation to find the road to deescalation. >> kerry said that all signs have agreed that a dialogue is the best way to move forward. the u.s. wants to get russia to the table to talk with ukraine's interim government which russia doesn't recognize. but that did not happen today. russia maintains that ukraine's ousted president is the country's true leader. before meeting with kerry, lavrov repeated the assertion that vladimir putin made yesterday, that the troops in ukraine's crimean peninsula are not actually russians at all but instead members of local self-defense groups. that came as a surprise to many people with eyes and/o
counterpart, sergey lavrov. we also had the phone call the president had with angela merkel, but let me start with kerry and lavrov. what do they say to each other? what's critical right now? >> first of all, the fact they are meeting is a good sign. they have developed a cordial relationship. i've been in many meetings with them and the fact they are talking leads open the possibility of this off-ramp that you mentioned and that the president and the administration is trying to provide for putin. i don't think there will be any break ththroughs today, i think it's early for that, but you will hear about the consequences, economic consequences of continuing this and foreign minister lavrov, just the justification for it all. resolution will come later in this crisis. if it comes at all. >> meantime, simultaneously, you have secretary kerry talking to a lot, frankly, of foreign counterparts. here's some of the criticism that we've been hearing. this one from congressman mike rogers. >> right now, putin has set the table in the crimea for negotiations the way he would like them to go, and i thi
but some kind of diplomatic solution. secretary of state meeting with count counterpart sergey lavrov. this is the first time since the current crisis escalated that they've had a face-to-face to talk exit strategy. the ukrainian and russian governments meeting for the very first time, talking on a cabinet level today. and russian defense official is discussing ukraine later today at nato in brussels. so, there is definitely a change. whether this change is sustained is another question. back to you be. >> on the international stage the only reality that putin seems to be willing to acquiesce to is the economic reality of what this is doing in russia to their market. what's putin's next move? >> reporter: well, you're right. putin -- if there's one man who could make or break a deal, it's vladimir putin and it's obviously unclear what his next move is. washington and berlin are pushing this idea of sending international observers to monitor any rights abuses against russians or pro-russians on crimea, allowing hopefully some kind of pullback by those russian forces or pro-russian forc
russian counterpart sergey lavrov who says all parties agree to hold intense talks to try to overcome the crisis. defense secretary hagel takes heat up on capitol hill but says the u.s. is suspending military exercises with russia and will step up training with poland's military. we have full coverage beginning with our chief national security correspondent jim sciutto here tw latest. jim? >> i think you could say today we saul the full yin and yang of the u.s. policy response to the crisis in crimea. on the other side, secretary of defense chuck hagel demonstrating the u.s. commitment to its nato allies with the deployment of some aircraft and the cancellation-of nato contacts with russia. on the diplomatic side, we saw the opening of a diplomatic path to solving the crisis, the so-called off ramp u.s. officials have mentioned before, still undefined, kerry said, but a start. >> reporter: u.s. and russian diplomats face to face for the first time since the start of the crisis in crimea. secretary of state john kerry said they are now negotiating a diplomatic path to ending it. >> we
they will start to see that. >> reporter: but in switzerland, russia's foreign minister, sergey lavrov, again said moscow was protecting russian citizens in crimea. and he lashed back at threats of economic penalties. >> ( translated ): those who attempt to interpret the situation as an act of aggression and threaten us with sanctions and boycotts, these are the very same partners of ours who consistently have encouraged political forces close to them to deliver an ultimatum and refuse dialogue, to ignore the concerns of southern and eastern regions of ukraine, which has ultimately polarized ukrainian society. >> reporter: back in kiev, rumors of war stirred differing responses. this couple, a ukrainian woman and russian man, urged calm. >> ( translated ): we are against the conflict. we are for peace and friendship. we do not want war. >> we do not want people to kill each other. we want people to live peacefully everywhere, on all continents and everywhere in other countries. >> reporter: but others seemed ready to man the ramparts. >> we have no fear at all. now our children are going to milita
and in rome. you will see sergei lavrov but doesn't seem they are backing down. >> it does seem, the ukrainian government and military, russian military out of uniform but there, are trying not to shoot at each other to be blunt. >> i think that's true. i think there were some shots fired today apparently and there are ship movements and worrying facts on the ground. so far it has not been a violent confrontation. kerry was praising ukrainian leaders for showing restraint because the provocation politically and russia could move farther into the rest of the ukraine. so he is urging them to pull themselves together into an interim government that doesn't give putin any pretext that he can point to to try to take control of an entire country. >> let's talk about the president, our president. president obama seems to be allowing the russians do have an interest in ukraine in the sense there's a history of the russian people living there, russian speaking people being there, actually russian natives as well. they've got the fleet down there in the black sea. they seem -- he seems to be saying, you
difficult proposition, if it's difficult at all." she's the one who had the reset position with sergey lavrov, the foreign minister. do you think she'll be associated with this even though she's not secretary of state? >> i think so. i don't think there's any opportunity for hillary to separate herself from the obama administration's foreign policy since she was the one who cracked it from the beginning. to the extent that she's been out of the office for a year and the administration has made decisions since then, it's very important observation that to the extent this administration does anything unpopular, hillary is going to be latched to it, anything that is obama baggage is going to attach to hillary quite strongly. >> a new poll shows that 57% of americans approve of the job that hillary clinton did as secretary of state. 69% see her as tough. despite what we've heard about benghazi and other things, i don't know that this is going to hurt her ultimately. >> 67% of people probably know she flew in a lot of airplanes. it's obviously a very important policy that went on when she w
would be on kerry's plane headed to france and potentially meeting with sergey lavrov of russia,io would have told you you're crazy. >> ed, thank you. >>> one of the recurring imaging of the obama foreign policy is hillary clinton's much mocked reset with the russians. now with a possible presidential run looming, does clinton have a ukraine problem? carl cameron looks at that question tonight. >> as president obama's first secretary of state, hillary clinton pushed the administration's foreign policy agenda. russia was big, and from the get-go, had a rocky start. she presented russian foreign minister lavrov with a gift wrapped reset button, meant to emphasis the commitment to improve relations with russia. instead, it caused an international embarrassment. >> we worked hard to get the right russian word. do you think we got it? >> you got it wrong. >> we got it wrong. >> this says -- means overcharged. >> clinton's attempt at humor was not enough. >> we won't let you do that to us, i promise. >> the secretary of state in the obama administration were scorned as amateurish by the intern
it would retaliate. foreign minister sergei lavrov spoke during a visit to tunisia. >> ( translated ): on our sanctions, i will not even exaggerate, we have always opposed unilateral sanctions. they never lead to anything good and i hope that our partners understand that this is counter- productive to political activity. >> woodruff: russia did agree to meet with nato representatives tomorrow, to discuss ukraine. and russian and world markets rose on those developments, and putin's words. >> woodruff: amid the tensions over ukraine, russia announced today it successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile. it said the dummy warhead hit its target at a proving ground in kazakhstan. we'll hear much more on the day's developments, right after the news summary. wall street rebounded today as jitters over ukraine eased. the dow jones industrial average gained almost 228 points to close near 16,396. the nasdaq rose 74 points to close just short of 4,352. and the standard and poor's 500 was up 28 points, to finish near 1,874. >> woodruff: president obama has rolled out his bu
right now. so russia, the russian officials, sergey lavrov can give assurances that they will not invade, not do a military intervention but in fact what we see happening in reality is a smaller pinprick kind of thing distributed. those troops in the airport, troops surrounding a pro-russian television station. that appears what is playing out right now. it doesn't have to be a georgia-style invasion to be a serious military intervention and i see officials in kiev saying that this intervention will have, in their words, serious consequences. >> and jim acosta at the white house, we're expecting president obama to come out any moment and address this. this is a delicate dance for the white house. the president needing to assert his feelings but also not wanting to create more of a provocation than it needs to be. there's a battle of wills between president obama and putin. >> that's right, jake. he doesn't view the situation with president putin as an international chess match but that appears to be what is taking place. so we've been asking jay carney all week, you may not see it this w
ahead. this morning, foreign minister sergey lavrov insisted his government is acting in its own defense. here's nbc's jim maceda who has more from moscow. >> reporter: putin now has his hand on the russian crown jewel. crimea gives putin an essential warm water port, and it counters in his mind the nightmare scenario. that's what he sees as an ultranationalist government suddenly cancelling russia's lease on the black see base and kiev taking control of crimea and then joining nato down the line, bringing the enemy, in his mind, right back to russia's doorstep. so vladimir putin has made that calculus, and it's now unclear just what the west can do about it. chuck, back to you. >> thank you, jim. right now, according to folks i've talked to, the u.s. has three options, none of them involve the u.s. military. the first, the u.s. could move along with european allies to officially suspend or kick russia out of the g8. that would be symbolic. second, the administration could pursue its own sanctions that target russian banks as well as international sanctions, targeting russian oil compani
.k., the foreign secretary, and also the ukrainian -- he invited sergey lavrov, to join them as part of this budapest amendment, what he was hoping would be part of a diplomatic way forward. but the russian foreign minister declined to attend the meeting, citing scheduling conflicts. even as the u.s. pushes for this diplomatic way forward, it's looking very rough, wolf. >> looking very rough indeed. so he has wrapped up his talks. the u.s., and correct me if i am wrong, it does formally recognize this new interim government in kiev, the government that replaced the ousted president as the legitimate government of ukraine, right? >> reporter: that's right. it doesn't recognize president yanukovych as the president of ukraine any longer, even though that's what the russians are recognizing. secretary kerry met with many members of the new government, members of the parliament and said that the u.s. wants to help them move towards the elections they'll be having. in may, they'll be training, and they also announced a very robust aid package for ukraine to the tune of $1 billion loan gua
with his russian counterpart, sergey lavrov. secretary kerry said he urged lavrov to engage in direct talks with ukraine. meantime, parallel talks between nato and russia are being held in brussels, belgium. secretary kerry also met in paris today with u.s. allies. that meeting included ukraine's new interim foreign minister, who was one of the protesters in kiev. he actually traveled to paris with kerry after kerry's high profile visit to that country's capital yesterday. the meeting concluded with issuing of the statements saying in part, "united states, united kingdom, and ukraine agreed direct talks between ukraine and russia facilitated as needed by members of the international community are crucial to resolving the current situation." meantime, russian troops remain in firm control of ukraine's crimea peninsula, amid lingering fears they will not stop there. jim maceda joins us live from moscow with more on the diplomatic efforts under way. jim, what's the latest? >> reporter: hi, there, tamron, well, that meeting you referred to was indeed brief, kerry did urge lavrov to have direct
john kerry and potential sergey lavrov. we'll keep you updated. they're trying to find an exit to this crisis. we have heard from secretary kerry once. here he was earlier laying the foundation before the talks began. >> the united states of america, the russian federation, and the united kingdom of great britain and north ireland reaffirm their obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of ukraine. weapons will not be used against ukraine. >> congress is stepping in, and russian president vladimir putin, here was speaker boehner this morning on the subject. >> steps that have not been taken over the last three or four years frankly allowed putin to believe that he could do what he's doing without -- without any reaction from us. but given where we are, we're here in a bipartisan way trying to irk with with the president. >> john boehner urging more action and the u.s. is not alone in offering up assistance. the european union is now offering a massive aid package, $15 billion to the interim yo ukrainian gov
kerry meets with russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov, but so far lavrov is unling to meet with the new ukrainian foreign minister. john harwood has more. >> good evening, larry. the u.s. positioned some planes, a u.n. envoy was harassed in crimea. there was a pledge for an aid package to go with $1 billion from the united states that's under discussion. john kerry met with his ukrainian and russian counterparts and compressed optimism that those talks would continue and bear fruit. >> we agreed to continue intense discussions in the coming days with russia, with the ukrainance, in order to see how we can help normalize the situation, stabilize it and overcome the crisis. all parties agreed today that it is important to try to resolve these issues through dialogue. >> of course, the question is when the russian and ukrainian foreign ministers will meet. russia is resisting that, because they don't recognize the new ukrainian government. meanwhile, members of congress tomorrow are going to start debating a sanctions resolution as a means of putting pressure on russia to take
the issue through dialogue. the secretary having a meeting today with his russian counterpart, sergei lavrov, in paris, and that this news conference coming after that meeting. john harwood with the reaction now. and, john, this certainly has a much more diplomatic tone at least from john kerry's mouth. >> exactly. we haven't heard from sergei lavrov, the russian foreign minister, but the point you made, the relevant çmade, is t apt one. that is that secretary kerry came out of these meetings saying everyone wanted to resolve these through dialogue and we will have intensive discussions going forward. there was no indication that the united states was sensing any escalation of the situation. now is the time to try to persuade russia to take that off-ramp that u.s. officials have been trying to put in front of it, and we'll see whether that happens. but i think people have to take it as a hopeful sign that at least it's not -- does not appear from secretary kerry's statements that it's getting worse and that we're on a diplomatic track now for at least the time being. >> john harwood, thank
a diplomatic process going, and that's what he's going to be talking about to sergei lavrov, the russian foreign minister, when they meet tomorrow in paris. >> what about the message he was trying to send in it was also a message to the people of ukraine, right? >> reporter: absolutely, wolf. the whole day was kind of totally with symbolism. first, he started at the shrine of the fallen, then met with ordinary ukrainance. they told him about their story. then he met with government officials, this brand-new government, and offered u.s. support to the tune of $1 billion loan guaranty. other types of technical advice, and had these harsh words for russia, but then came to paris, new ukrainian foreign minister hitched a ride on his plane, showing the u.s. support for this nation. the ukrainian foreign minister said to us, wolf, we know we aren't as strong as russia, but when we have the international support behind us, when i'm flying possibly to meet the russian foreign minister in paris on the secretary of state's plane, that sends an important message to ukrainance that we're a strong na
and the crisis there. john kerry in paris meeting with russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov who said yesterday the threat of sanctions will not change the russian position. there are reports the white house will impose economic sanctions on russia sometime this week. >> we will go to paris in a bit. the former managing director of the i'm at said yesterday, his idea of a sequence. i thought he revis eyes this is a process, a sequence. it is no surprise on neutral territory in paris is where the meeting is. rocks and russia says ukraine owes gazprom $2 billion. >> they have an option and they took the option and is it, no, you cannot get white walls with your tires. >> and that things are on the hook as well -- and the banks are on the hook as well. >> and the debt in russia and ukraine is more than just a gymnastic debt, it is also debt they hold abroad. a domesticn just debt, it is also debt they hold abroad. >> white walls, really? said they gazprom could not have the option. and you said $2 billion. >> china, the annual meeting of the legislature again today and the government is keeping hi
-general's representative there. john kerry goes head-to-head against russian foreign minister sergey lavrov right now. they are trying to find a peaceful solution to the standoff. kerry and lavrov are meeting alone. here at home defense secretary chuck hagel says they are ramping up a joint training exercise in neighboring poland. he plans to speak with his ukrainian counterpart later today. chief white house correspondent ed henry is live at white house. one of our big stories today, ed. we have critics who say they haven't heard enough from the white house. >> reporter: you heard this familiar refeign from republicans on a whole host of foreign policy issues that the president is not leading. the president rejections that. he says the crisis hopes to be resolved next few days or next few weeks. he left a short time ago, the president, to connecticut to do an event pushing hike in minimum wage leaving to his defense secretary chuck hagel to go to a senate panel and defend big cuts to the defense budget. republican john mccain sarcastically told hagel his timing is exquisite to be cutting the defense
.k., ukraine and russia would be taking part. sergei lavrov has declined the invitation. he will be in paris tomorrow for a donor's conference on lebanon. they had hoped that secretary kerry would be meeting with foreign minister, lavrov while they are in europe. it remains to be seen whether secretary kerry will meet with mr. lavrov but it doesn't look like russia will be taking this diplomatic off ramp as part of the meeting. the u.s. hoped that russia, ukraine at the table would move things along. doesn't look good. >> elise labott traveling with the secretary of state, john kerry, in kiev. joining us now, ambassador, christopher hill, a retired u.s. diplomate, the dean of the joseph corevel school of international stud disies in de. what do you make of this that russia has declined this invitation to sit down with the government and see if there is some diplomatic solution? >> well, i think the problem right now is the russians are calling the ukrainians an illegitimate government. it is kind of problematic to sit down with them in the next day. i do believe that there is some real hope
further inflame tensions in ukraine. secretary kerry spoke by phone to sergey lavrov today. him theyavrov assured will protect ukrainian integrity, but noted that russia has interests including a naval base. press secretary jay carney commentated on the unrest. click secretary kerry said the u.s. is watching to see if russian activity in crimea may be crossing a line in any way. at the administration would also be very careful in making judgments about that. can you say what the u.s. is prepared to do if russia does cross that line? >> we are watching to see, as the secretary said, whether or not russia is doing anything that may be crossing the line in any way. we strongly support ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty and expect other nations to do the same. reports of russian intervention in crimea are of deep concern to the united states. as secretary kerry said and ambassador rice has said, intervention would be a grave mistake. these reports are also inconsistent with russia's previous statements to united states that russia will respect the territorial integrity of ukraine
. from secretary of state john kerry to foreign minister sergey lavrov. they have a close relationship and speak often through the defense ministers, so the ambassador is a symbolic measure, but isn't really going to have any effect on the diplomatic relations because that's really done between capitals. >> thank you so much and obviously, the question if russia gets kicked out of the g8, will they strong more strongly towards brazil, china, india and russia. we're going to be right back with a lot more. stay with us. [ male announcer ] did you know that if you wear a partial, you're almost twice as likely to lose your supporting teeth? try poligrip for partials. poligrip helps minimize stress which may damage supporting teeth by stabilizing your partial. care for your partial. help protect your natural teeth. [ chainsaw whirring ] humans -- sometimes life trips us up. sometimes we trip ourselves up. and although the mistakes may seem to just keep coming at you, so do the solutions. like multi-policy discounts from liberty mutual insurance. save up to 10% just for combining your auto a
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